Reid: No, I don’t plan to bring a budget to the floor this year

posted at 3:40 pm on February 3, 2012 by Tina Korbe

It’s been more than 1,000 days since the Senate has passed a budget, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unconcerned. In fact, he says he has no plans to bring a budget to the floor in 2012, either. He argues the 2012 budget is already done because last summer’s debt-ceiling deal included a few spending caps. Essentially, Reid wonders: Why do we need a long-term spending plan when we can stumble into some spending caps here and there? The Hill was first to this story:

“We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year — it’s done, we don’t need to do it,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters on Friday, echoing previous statements from his office.

Reid and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued that the debt-limit agreement in August directs spending for the next year and that Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) has already asked the heads of the subcommittees to write their bills for fiscal 2013.

Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has said he would probably mark up a budget resolution this year to appease ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), but Reid said he didn’t expect any floor action on any measure produced by the panel. …

Schumer said it is a “total falsity” for Republicans to say that Democrats haven’t passed the budget: “we passed it on Aug. 2.”

“They’re attacking us because they have nothing better to do,” Reid said. “They need something else to talk about.”

If what Reid and Schumer are arguing is that the Senate doesn’t need to pass a formal budget resolution to enable the government to spend taxpayer money irresponsibly, then they’re right. For the past couple years, while the Senate Budget Democrats have sat on their hands, failing to submit a budget resolution to the full Senate, the Senate Appropriations Committee has still authorized ungodly amounts of discretionary spending.

But if what Reid and Schumer are saying is that they’ve followed the law and submitted a budget resolution, then they’re flat-out wrong. The Congressional Budget Act requires the president to submit a budget to Congress by Feb. 1 every year. The Senate Budget Committee is to report a budget resolution to the full Senate by April 1. The House and Senate are to reach agreement on a concurrent budget resolution by April 15. Senate Budget Democrats haven’t submitted a budget since 2009.

Here’s why it matters: The Appropriations Committee determines levels of discretionary spending. Approps don’t touch mandatory spending. But mandatory spending constitutes about 60 percent of all federal spending — and mandatory programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security drive our deficits and debt. Without the imposition of budget discipline, these programs grow on autopilot.

By never submitting a budget, enacting a few discretionary spending caps as a part of the Budget Control Act (a.k.a. the debt ceiling deal) and punting to the Super Committee that also punted on entitlement reform, Democrats avoid any difficult discussion of how to ensure the solvency of our entitlement programs. With no plan of their own on the table, they’re free to shoot down anything Republicans propose.

It’s no secret why no one wants to touch entitlements — but it is still the shame of Washington that nobody will.


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I know this is mean…but maybe he could become a cadavor this year!

KOOLAID2 on February 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Ahole

Wade on February 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

This would probably make a pretty good campaign commercial…

… but Newt wants to build a moon base.

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Damn this do-nothing Congress!!!

Oh, wait…..

NapaConservative on February 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Sharron Angle, the gift that keeps giving.

Along with the “I’m not a witch” dingbat.

NoDonkey on February 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Why break a 4 year old tradition?

Bishop on February 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

If the republicans in the House have half a brain, they pass a budget and say get back to us with yours. Let the federal government shut down because of …the effing LAW governing the house and senate budget process.

On the other hand if the House leadership had half a brain they would have done that for the 2011 budget.

Of course if the House leadership has a wink, wink agreement with Reid and Obama to screw the American people over…I would be just shocked…shocked I say.

DVPTexFla on February 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Reid and Holder should be cellmates. To avoid any charges of racism, Holder can choose which bunk he wants.

Flange on February 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Just incompetent! Throw them all out!

gullxn on February 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Reid: No, I don’t plan to bring a budget to the floor this year

…obviously, dingy harry has found another way to bilk taxpayers out of money to fund his COWBOY POETRY extravaganza.

TeaPartyNation on February 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Reid and Holder should be cellmates. To avoid any charges of racism, Holder can choose which bunk he wants.

Flange on February 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I admit, I laughed.

visions on February 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM

He is lost.

Dog walker on February 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Reid and Holder should be cellmates. To avoid any charges of racism, Holder can choose which bunk he wants.

Flange on February 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

After a month they’d be sharing a bunk anyway.

Bishop on February 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Reid and Holder should be cellmates. To avoid any charges of racism, Holder can choose which bunk he wants.

Flange on February 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

The problem would be to determine who the beyitch would be in that set-up.

NapaConservative on February 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

So stop lying and saying that we increased the budget! — Harry

kunegetikos on February 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

The record setting do-nothing senate decides to do-nothing. What a shock!

ConservativePartyNow on February 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Reid and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued that the debt-limit agreement in August directs spending for the next year and that Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) has already asked the heads of the subcommittees to write their bills for fiscal 2013.

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! That’s why someone asked yesterday on a thread…if butt bleaching was going to be part of Obaama Care!

KOOLAID2 on February 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I know this is mean…but maybe he could become a cadavor this year!

KOOLAID2 on February 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

So brain dead is not good enough for you……you want the whole enchilada eh?

antipc on February 3, 2012 at 3:50 PM

But if what Reid and Schumer are saying is that they’ve followed the law and submitted a budget resolution, then they’re flat-out wrong.

If, in fact, Senate Democrats are breaking the law, why has no one brought a court case?

cool breeze on February 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Reid and Holder should be cellmates. To avoid any charges of racism, Holder can choose which bunk he wants.

Flange on February 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM
The problem would be to determine who the beyitch would be in that set-up.

NapaConservative on February 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

He wears glasses!

KOOLAID2 on February 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Only a Democrat could touch entitlements. A Republican will be destroyed for even thinking about it.

HopeHeFails on February 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Sharron Angle, the gift that keeps giving.

Along with the “I’m not a witch” dingbat.

NoDonkey on February 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Yes, if only we’d gotten rid of Reid. Then majority leader Chuck Schumer would have certainly submitted a full budget proposal. /

Doomberg on February 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

NapaConservative on February 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Your handle suggests you either live in Napa or are from Napa. Is that correct?

antipc on February 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Your handle suggests you either live in Napa or are from Napa. Is that correct?

antipc on February 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Yessir, I live close to Napa.

NapaConservative on February 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM

“Without the imposition of budget discipline, these programs grow on autopilot.”

I have a feeling we are completely unaware of how completely scroomed we are…

… One day, someday, maybe after the Country collapses, some non-Democrat will open up the books and find out what is really going on.

I have a feeling the first words out of their mouth will be…

“OH… MY… GOD!!!”

Seven Percent Solution on February 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM

He’s too busy stonewalling that “do-nothing” House – that has sent how many bills to the Senate black hole?
Oh sorry – that was racist wasn’t it?

dentarthurdent on February 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM

After a month they’d be sharing a bunk anyway.

Bishop on February 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Holder would get his own personal whistleblower.

Oh my god, did I just say that? :)

NapaConservative on February 3, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Yessir, I live close to Napa.

NapaConservative on February 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM

We have a few of those – decent auto parts…. /s

dentarthurdent on February 3, 2012 at 3:58 PM

HopeHeFails: Unlike the Democrat, the Republican should be destroyed if he doesn’t touch entitlements.

Cruise control to insolvency seems to be a bipartisan position these days.

Scott H on February 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

There is no need for it

liberal4life on February 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Doomberg on February 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

We could have a Republican Senate if the GOP didn’t have to run two putrid candidates in Deleware and Nevada.

THEN we would have a budget.

NoDonkey on February 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM

… One day, someday, maybe after the Country collapses, some non-Democrat will open up the books and find out what is really going on.

I have a feeling the first words out of their mouth will be…

“OH… MY… GOD!!!”

Seven Percent Solution on February 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I’d like to think we’d have an “opening of the Soviet archives” moment to see what our government has been doing behind the scenes after some kind of collapse, but I find it unlikely since the elite will still probably be the elite in the next government, and will not want evidence of any malfeasance to get out.

Then again, maybe they won’t care. Look at Jon Corzine.

Doomberg on February 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM

liberal4life: Can you show me where in the law that requires a budget to be submitted it states that ‘there is no need for one’ is a valid reason to ignore the law?

Scott H on February 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM

The problem would be to determine who the beyitch would be in that set-up.

NapaConservative on February 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I would think Reid would be a natural, but Holder may already be use to the roll.

Flange on February 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM

There is no need for it

liberal4life on February 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

libby4life, the gift that keeps on giving.

I hate to say this but in libby’s case I would actually support abortion.

NapaConservative on February 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM

There is no need for it

liberal4life on February 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

The incredible light of liberalism shines through.
We don need no steenkin buudget….

dentarthurdent on February 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I will say this, the quickest way for the Republicans in the House to lose the House in the 2012 elections will be for this go on. I think you could kiss the House, Senate and President goodbye if the Republicans do allow this to stand. Time to put up or shut up.

DVPTexFla on February 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

This explains the 8th grade level State of the Union speech!

shov74 on February 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

It’s no secret why no one wants to touch entitlements — but it is still the shame of Washington that nobody will.

About to be more than “a shame.”

Axe on February 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

NoDonkey: Considering the alternatives, we would have a budget, perhaps. But that budget would be worse than what we have now, and in so doing it would be bipartisan in nature.

‘How can the GOP complain about the budget when the Honorable Senators from Delaware, Maine, and Massachusetts have no problem with it?’

Screwed either way.

Scott H on February 3, 2012 at 4:03 PM

We don’t need no stinking budget with restrictions, that is reserved for the little people with limited funds. We are better than that, we are the kings and queens of this country and we just TAKE what we feel like and spend it all and mandate more and more and more, with no end in sight. We shall not be limited to a silly budget. Thy(Harry, obama, pelosi) will shall be done.

j bo on February 3, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Dingy Reid should be impeached for lawless behavior.

OxyCon on February 3, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Yessir, I live close to Napa.

NapaConservative on February 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Fourth generation born and raised myself. Nice to see CA represented by something other than Pelosi clones.

:)

antipc on February 3, 2012 at 4:04 PM

A budget is useless to the Democruds. They will spend without limit and a budget would just point out their excesses.

FactsofLife on February 3, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Sounds like the budget is now a union contract. Once the contract expires it is in force until another one is negotiated. If both sides don’t see a reason to force a renegotiation of the contract then the automatic increases will just continue.

This is a perfect situation for Harry Reid and the Democrats. They got their big spending and increases in while they had the majority and now they can leave the budget largely on auto pilot. Without the votes or voter outrage all the Republicans can do is pass continuing resolutions.

Sebastian on February 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

We need more taxes so we can buy more votes and stay in power long enough to destroy this country and bankrupt the country and it’s people and then hand it over to another party to fix it. Then we will blame them for how bad things are under them and take it back and do it all over again. That is the Democcupy mantra.

j bo on February 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

There is no need for it

liberal4life on February 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

If you’re going to troll at least put a period at the end of your sentences rather than just type, post, and wait for the flames.

What do you have to back up your statement?

I realize we only have silly laws on our side, so I’m sure your argument will trump the rule of law.

Social justice?
Compassion?

VibrioCocci on February 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

That sad part is that voters will not make Senate Dems, or Dems in general, pay at the ballot box for not making a budget.

WashJeff on February 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Sebastian: The Republicans could, you know, shut down the government. As they should.

Politics be damned. ‘Winning’ be damned. If the people of this country want the Reid way to work, then they’ll hit the GOP for shutting down the government and the Democrats get control.

At least if the GOP shuts it down, we have a way to win. Right now, the GOP House is in tacit agreement with the Dems that no budget is necessary, because they are not taking the steps necessary (i.e., shutting the government down) to avoid it.

Scott H on February 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Democrats avoid any difficult discussion of how to ensure the solvency of our entitlement programs.

And go home to tell their constituents; “Hey! I didn’t do it!”, when those same constituents complain about out of control spending.

Nice way to cover your ass Harry!

Thank You, Nevada! Future nuclear depository.

GarandFan on February 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Why should that below living on life support dingy bring a budget to the floor? The senate and bho get all they want just doing nothing. The senate passes all that gosh horrible bho wants to go along cratering our nation with a two or three months extension to ‘keep the government going’ and all is just dandy! And it that doesn’t work bho does his eo’s! IF WE AMERICAN’S DO NOT GET THE SENTATE AND KEEP THE HOUSE and get rid of bho, I can not do anything more to help my country after the 2012 vote! I won’t be here with health issues I don’t think, but to try my dangest to help you youngens here. What we have to vote for on the R side so far, not a dimes bit of difference, IMO!

BTW, God Bless America!
L

letget on February 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Shorter Reid – It doesn’t matter whether you start counting on the last day we passed a budget, the first day after we should have passed the succeeding budget, or the first day after the budget we last passed expired – we’re going over 1,000 days without one.

Steve Eggleston on February 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

The Congressional Budget Act requires the president to submit a budget to Congress by Feb. 1 every year. The Senate Budget Committee is to report a budget resolution to the full Senate by April 1.

Can he be impeached for this? Why is he above this requirement?

Fleuries on February 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

This once great Republic is gasping for air and is about to crumble . . . thank you enlightened voters, you really stuck it to us this time.

rplat on February 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

It’s the law that he submits budget, someone should take them to court.

V7_Sport on February 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I have to think the only reason democrats still win elections is the rank cluelessness of about 50% of the population. I have a hard time believing that many citizens are this corrupt.

The Count on February 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Insulating the Incubus.

FlaMurph on February 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

in a just nation… it’d be, inmate Reid..

not Senator..

mark81150 on February 3, 2012 at 4:16 PM

‘Ehn. Who needs a budget. We’ll just wing it. Most of us will be out of office in a year or so anyway.’

-anonymous senate staffer

Book on February 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

There is no need for it

liberal4life on February 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Can we have one thread where we don’t feed the troll?

GeorgieGirl9 on February 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

If the republicans in the House have half a brain, they pass a budget and say get back to us with yours.

DVPTexFla on February 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

That would take more brains than Boehner has and definitely more spine.

Sultanofsham on February 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

have to think the only reason democrats still win elections is the rank cluelessness of about 50% of the population. I have a hard time believing that many citizens are this corrupt.

The Count on February 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

No, they’re not that corrupt . . . they’re just hopelessly stupid hedonists.

rplat on February 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

There is no need for it

liberal4life on February 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

.
There is a legal requirement for it. If nothing else, why aren’t you outraged that your tax dollars are being used to coddle a bunch of do-nothing Democrat politicians?
.
Oh! You don’t pay taxes, do you?

ExpressoBold on February 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Yes, if only we’d gotten rid of Reid. Then majority leader Chuck Schumer would have certainly submitted a full budget proposal. /

Doomberg on February 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Great thing we lost then, huh!

V7_Sport on February 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

We have a few of those – decent auto parts…. /s

dentarthurdent on February 3, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Ahhh, but to they provide wine and cheese?

antipc on February 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The Congressional Budget Act requires the president to submit a budget to Congress by Feb. 1 every year. The Senate Budget Committee is to report a budget resolution to the full Senate by April 1. The House and Senate are to reach agreement on a concurrent budget resolution by April 15.

I guess Harry, Obama and all their stinkin friends are above the law.

GeorgieGirl9 on February 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The Congressional Budget Act requires the president to submit a budget to Congress by Feb. 1 every year. The Senate Budget Committee is to report a budget resolution to the full Senate by April 1. The House and Senate are to reach agreement on a concurrent budget resolution by April 15.

So if the Legislative Branch that writes the laws, and the Executive Branch that enforces the laws both disrespect the work that they do and decide it isn’t necessary (without informing their 300 million bosses), why do they continue getting a paycheck from the American people? We need the Sergeant-at-arms to lock the doors and send them home–unpaid.

Wishful thinking. Sounds like a movie plot in a conservative universe.

But we gotta start cutting payroll somewhere….

rwenger43 on February 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I’ll go with one of rove’s prediction for 2012 : “Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or both will leave the democratic leadership by year’s end”.

runner on February 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

“We have a Senate Majority Leader, who may be a nice guy, but he’s in way over his head.” ~ Mitt

Fallon on February 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM

With any luck, come the election, Reid will no longer be majority leader.

GFW on February 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Law? What law? We don’t need to follow no stinkin’ law.
Constitution? What Constitution? We don’t to obey no stinkin’ Constitution. He’s just Deadbeat Harry Reidiculous–doesn’t deserve to be called “Senator” cuz he hasn’t really earned the title.

stukinIL4now on February 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Of course not! Why would a runaway Government want to limit itself with a budget? There are still $Trillions in the hands of the American people for this thoroughly corrupt Government to steal…

aposematic on February 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Of course if the House leadership has a wink, wink agreement with Reid and Obama to screw the American people over…I would be just shocked…shocked I say.

DVPTexFla on February 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

And i bet $10K that you can’t wait to vote for these same republicans in November can you? No wonder they continue screwing you all.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

GFW: This is an incredibly broken record, but can you just imagine the shrieks for a budget coming from Reid-as-Minority-Leader next year?

Scott H on February 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

A budget is as much an accountability measure as it is an allocation of funds that express leaders’ priorities.

If Mr. Reid and the Executive branch live within the budget authority and abide by spending caps — all well and good, but they will not.

Our nation came of age during the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment, when we chose Rex Lex over Lex Rex; the Rule of Law over the Rule of (the whims of) Kings. Mr. Ried and the Democrat Senate are behaving like unaccountable kings.

As William Pitt and Lord Acton observed, Power Corrupts Powerful Men.

We are, for all intents and purposes, now governed my Men, not Law.

Can’t wait to vote in ’12.

Rosey on February 3, 2012 at 4:31 PM

In their ultimate wisdom…the next debate will be throwing sand at each other, rather than destroying the dems for this unmitigated disaster of a Senate.

Every Republican Senator should be taking to the streets, even maybe a OSS (occupy senate seat) take over…but they won’t.

right2bright on February 3, 2012 at 4:31 PM

There is no need for it

liberal4life on February 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

You really don’t know much about anything do you? You have no clue as to what is required and what isn’t of the Senate…do you? HAHAHAHAHA! The perfect liberal…

right2bright on February 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

We could have a Republican Senate if the GOP didn’t have to run two putrid candidates in Deleware and Nevada.

THEN we would have a budget.

NoDonkey on February 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM

It’s not Angle’s fault that the majority of Nevadans were too stupid to realize that you don’t improve your state’s fortunes by re-electing the s**t that put your state in that position to begin with. And, once again, how does Mike Castle qualify as “victory”?

Besides, of what use would a McConnell-led Senate be? Seems to me that a majority reliant on Mitch McConnell keeping Castle, Kirk, Snowe, Collins, Graham, a newly-re-elected McCain, Scott Brown and Lugar would fold like a cheap Boehner in the face of a debt ceiling “crisis”.

fitzfong on February 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

It’s not Angle’s fault that the majority of Nevadans were too stupid to realize that you don’t improve your state’s fortunes by re-electing the s**t that put your state in that position to begin with. And, once again, how does Mike Castle qualify as “victory”?

Besides, of what use would a McConnell-led Senate be? Seems to me that a majority reliant on Mitch McConnell keeping Castle, Kirk, Snowe, Collins, Graham, a newly-re-elected McCain, Scott Brown, Murkowski and Lugar in line would fold like a cheap Boehner in the face of a debt ceiling “crisis”.

fitzfong on February 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

fixed

fitzfong on February 3, 2012 at 4:39 PM

If the republicans in the House have half a brain, they pass a budget and say get back to us with yours. Let the federal government shut down because of …the effing LAW governing the house and senate budget process.

DVPTexFla on February 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

der…http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/paul-ryans-budget-proposal-passes-house-democrats-medicare/story?id=13384520

GOP House passed the 2012 budget on April 15, 2011. Remember Paul Ryan getting the Obama callout in the 2011 SOTU?

GOP passed funding for the remainder of 2011 the day before. Remember the promised $100 billion cut that got marginalized to $40 billion that was really about $6 billion because the fiscal year was already about 6 months on so much had already been spent?

House typically submits a budget during the summer of the year before the fiscal year. Senate typically smudges it up and it gets reconciled and it is supposed to go into effect on October 1st of the year before it is designated, ie October 1, 2010 begins FY 2011.

Dems refused to submit a 2011 budget to expose their spending leading up to 2010 midterms in November and to protect the senate.

Obama submitted a 2011 budget that Harry Reid put up that garned zero votes in the senate. The last approved budget under “normal” circumstances occured on April 29, 2009, about 7 months late and under complete dem control; house, senate and WH. That was the FY 2009 btw. It included the stimulus and started the annual $1.2 trillion plus deficits.

I realize its hard to keep up when they don’t do their job.

DanMan on February 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

oh, and I believe there was no 2010 budget

Yes, they have added $6 trillion to the deficit with no budgets in place. Obama money.

DanMan on February 3, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Kinda makes you wonder who these tools get their marching orders from eh? Certainly isn’t us.

Wolfmoon on February 3, 2012 at 4:44 PM

If Reid were in a class – kindergarten thru a doctorate program- fail. If Reid worked in the private sector -again- fail. But because Reid is merely the the Senate Majority Leader -whatevuh.

LetsBfrank on February 3, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Armed Uprising. Needs to happen, like 1 year ago.

nobar on February 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM

And i bet $10K that you can’t wait to vote for these same republicans in November can you? No wonder they continue screwing you all.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

60% of our annual expenses are on autopilot via entitlements and SS. That is why you keep hearing of the 40 cents on every dollar being borrowed. The dems set that in place and apparently we can’t stop via Reid’s refusal to discuss or bring up a vote in the senate. Again, try to keep up.

DanMan on February 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I think the Senate leader should be forced to step down if he doesn’t produce a budget. Let Harry Ried be the last s.o.b. who gets away with this sh!t.

disa on February 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Can he be impeached for this? Why is he above this requirement?

Fleuries on February 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Impeachment doesn’t apply to Congresscritters. Each House of Congress can, with a 2/3rds vote, toss any of its members.

Of course, even if the Rs had 67 Senators, Mitch “Cave Jr.” McConnell would probably refuse to entertain a mation to expel Reid.

Steve Eggleston on February 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

“Motion”, even.

Steve Eggleston on February 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Go to the Senate Budget committee website and look at the press releases for FY 2010, 2011 and 2012. Notice anything? The 2010 page touts a passed budget. 2011 talks about mark ups but no mention of a budget. 2012… nothing.

Thats all you need to know to determine if they have passed a budget or not.

AndrewsDad on February 3, 2012 at 4:56 PM

They oughtta be mashin’ em Steve.

DanMan on February 3, 2012 at 4:56 PM

There is no need for it

liberal4life on February 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Actually, there’s 3,252,000,000,000 (give or take a few hundred million) reasons for it. By the way, that is the dollar amount of the estimated increase in debt between the end of FY2010 and the end of FY2013.

Steve Eggleston on February 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

DanMan on February 3, 2012 at 4:56 PM

We’re going to need a bigger masher.

Steve Eggleston on February 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

oohhh, how I hate this man. Yes trolls, you can call me a hater!

kirkill on February 3, 2012 at 5:02 PM

There is no need for it

liberal4life on February 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

You really don’t know much about anything do you? You have no clue as to what is required and what isn’t of the Senate…do you? HAHAHAHAHA! The perfect liberal…

right2bright on February 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

see? liberals don’t think for themselves. They just agree with whatever their handlers at the Kos tell them to think.

kirkill on February 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I could picture Reid in a certain scene from Reservoir Dogs.

Norky on February 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Budget ? We don’t need no stinking budget!

Sincerely

Democratic rep
Harry ” Alzheimers ” Reid

angrymike on February 3, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Kirkhill
I agree! How ppl can vote for Reid, Piglosi, Frwank, Feinstein and I could go on and on, and sleep at night? Ppl please tell me who the party of stupid is again?

angrymike on February 3, 2012 at 5:16 PM

What’s a little Dereliction of Duty when you’re already an enemy of the Republic?

Naturally Curly on February 3, 2012 at 5:19 PM

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